St Gervais has surprisingly warm and sunny summers. There is a much greater variety of activities available in the summer... taking advantage of the surrounding mountains, lakes and fast flowing rivers. If you prefer to be less active you can just enjoying the spectacular setting - and there is plenty to occupy the children too.
Suggested activities are listed below:
This spectacular setting cannot be beaten for variety and beauty of hiking trails. A huge network of tracks cross the mountains, which can be combined
with use of the lift network, or indeed the tram, to help get around.. or simply up! The tourist office and local bookshops will have maps and guidebooks, and there are colour coded signs along the main trails to keep you on track.
There are also themed valley based routes:
The Baroque Footpath (Le Sentier du Baroque)
20 kilometers long running from Combloux to Les Contamines/Notre
Dame de la Gorge. Named for the Baroque architecture encountered along
Itinerary from the Tourist Office. Also suitable for cycling along.
The Val Montjoie Footpath (Le Sentier du Val Montjoie)
This path leads you from Le Fayet to Les Contamines and Notre Dame de La Gorge
following the River Bonnant. The trail offers varied scenery: waterfalls and
impressive gorges, suspended footbridges, quiet prairies, forests, farms and
traditional villages. There is also a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc, Aiguille
de Bionnassay and Les Dômes de Miage.
Itinerary from the Tourist Office.
You could not ask for a more ideal location for bike rides - and there is something for all levels. There is a whole lift-linked route known as the Diamant Vert (Green Diamond) , incorporarting 11 lifts and 90km of
mostly downhill marked trails. The lift directly below our accommodation
is part of this network.
There are also other waymarked trails such as the Val Montjoie Trail, which runs
between Les Contamines and Saint Gervais.
Bike hire and guided rides - Accro Bike (Tel : 04.50.47.76.77 / 06.08.47.17.34 78, impasse de la Bédière (next to the Tennis/Swimming Club)
Horse Riding Centre in Le Bettex (top of ski gondola)
Treks through alpine
pastures and off the beaten track... July & August.
Information & reservations : Centre Equestre du Bettex
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 93 16 84 or +33 (0)6 13 35 72 75
Les Ecuries du Mont-Blanc - Le Fayet
Dressage, equestrian school, ponies, courses...
: JM & C Torneri - Tél. +33 (0)4 50 93 13 10
St Gervais has an open air swimming pool at the Sports Centre and a covered one next to the
There are numerous mountain lakes, including some with man made bathing
areas. The picture shows the beautiful Lake Passy, just 10 minutes down the mountain from St Gervais. Others nearby include: Ecological swimming
lake in Combloux and Le Pontet bathing lake, Les Contamines
This is great fun for young and old! You go up in a lift normally used for skiing in the winter... but come down the slope on a "summer luge", using the brake to control your speed if you want! There are two very close by:
Summer Luge - at the top of the Jaillets ski lift, a few minutes
drive from the apartment. There is also one in Chamonix at the Planards fun
This activity needs a head for heights, but opens up the mountains to non-climbers. In effect it involves rock climbing but with metal ladders and steel cables keeping you secure - meaning anyone can have a go. Instruction and guiding is available at locations an easy drive from St Gervais. Ask at the Tourist Office, or contact one of the mountain guide organisation mentioned above.
The area is well served by golf courses and facilities. Of particular note are:
- Megeve - Golf Club du Mont Arbois - 18 hole course
- Chamonix - 18 hole course
There is also a driving range in Les Contamines, and a "Mini Golf" at the St Gervais Sports Club.
This is a great fun activity for the whole family. Climb and swing your way through the treetops - whilst securely attached to a safety wire all the way round - it's a very popular activity in France, and there are plenty of locations nearby.
The closest is the Parcours Aventure at the Parc Thermal.
Others a short distance away, including:
Acrobatic Island in
Les Contamines, with 4 courses for different ages and daring!
Arbre Aventure in Les Houches - three courses - once standard course, once specifically for children and one entirely of "zip-wires".
Parcours Aventure Chamonix, with a main course for adults and children over 7, and a "mini-Foret" for children from 3 years. Once finished you can descend by the Summer Luge for free if you wish!
Parc de Merlet in Les Houches
is a 20 hectare park with alpine animals free to roam in their natural environment.
There are plenty of other local natural sites of interest, including
gorges (the Gorges de la Diosaz at Servoz), waterfalls etc - info from the tourist office.
This is certainly the best way to take in the views, getting a real adrenaline rush at the same time! Both the organisations below will cater for complete novices (i.e. sharing a paraglider with an instructor) or the more experienced.
Fish in mountain lakes and torrents. Licenses on sale at: - Saint Gervais Tourist Office Tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 76 08
There are tennis courts in town, next to the outdoor swimming pool.
Rafting, Canyoning, Quad Bikes, Paintball and everything else!
The following organisations cover the whole range of activities:
St Gervais Mountain Guides
43 rue du Mont-Blanc
- Saint-Gervais Tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 76 55
Guided hikes from themed
half day/day to multi day treks. Also canyoning and via ferrata.
Guides des Cimes
57, avenue du Mont-Paccard - Saint-Gervais
Tel. /Fax +33 (0)4 50 93 52 29
Adventures Payraud (rafting,
canyoning, rock climbing, caving, quadbikes, paintball, guided walks,
bike rides etc... )